Creating videos using the TikTok app is a lot of fun because you can add all kinds of filters, effects and songs that will help make your creation unique and interesting. Using the app is easy and doesn’t take much time to master all the tools it provides.
Most of the video edits on TikTok are done before publishing the video. You can add effects while recording the video or before posting it online. However, if your video has already been published, you can make some changes to it, but you won’t have as many options as you had before publishing the video.
This article will explain how to edit TikTok videos before posting and look at some good third parties to edit TikTok videos.
How to Edit a TikTok Video After Posting
Before going into details, you should know that there is only one workaround to edit your videos after they are published. Essentially, your only option for making extensive edits is to re-upload your video.
Editing Your TikTok Video
Although the app doesn’t allow you to edit the original video after it’s published, you can save and reload the video. Just follow these instructions to fix your video.
Go to your profile by clicking the icon at the bottom of the screen.
Once there, select the video you want to change and leave it open on your phone.
Tap the three-dot icon on the right side of the profile.
Then select ‘Save Video’ from the list of options.
This saves video directly to your mobile device, including your effects, music and everything else.
After your video is saved, go back to the home screen in TikTok:
Select the ‘Add New Video’ button to start creating a new video.
But instead of rebuilding your TikTok, select ‘Upload’ to the right of the record button, then select your video from the list of options.
This allows you to directly upload your original TikTok as well as add a new caption to that “new” video. The video remains the same, with the minor change that the copy you downloaded briefly includes your TikTok username.
Otherwise, everything from your music to your effects and edits stays the same, allowing you to change the subtitle in your video while keeping everything else.
Creating a New Video
Sometimes it’s impossible to edit a submitted video the way you want, so creating a new video may be easier than editing it. Delete the video you’re not happy with, find the unedited version of the video in your gallery, and add the desired effects before publishing – just get it right this time.
Here’s how to do this:
- Select the ‘Plus’ button in the main menu.
- Select the video you want.
- Add new effects.
- Post the replacement video.
Fortunately, TikTok lets you save a video as a draft (and choose whether you want to make it public or just watch it for you). With these two options in your tool belt, you can create videos and sit on them a little before posting.
To save a draft, simply follow the same instructions as for posting a video. On the last page you will see the ‘Submit’ option, to the left of this you will have the ‘Draft option. If you’ve saved a draft and want to go back and make edits, follow these steps:
- Open the TikTok app and tap the ‘Me’ icon in the lower right corner
- Tap the draft you want to edit
- Tap the back arrow located in the upper left corner
- Make the necessary edits
Continue your broadcast as you normally would.
By clicking ‘Next’ and then ‘Next Again’ you will be taken to the page to click on the post. If you’re still unsure about your video, you can change the viewing options from ‘Public’ to ‘Me only’. This means your video is published, but only you can see it.
To change it to ‘Public’ later, follow these instructions:
- Tap the ‘Me’ icon in the lower right corner
- Tap on the video you posted
- Select the three horizontal dots on the right
- Tap on ‘Privacy Settings’
- Tap on ‘Who can view this video’ at the top
- Change to ‘Everyone’
While this isn’t editing after you post, it’s a great way to post great content when you’re ready. Saving as a draft even lets you add content to the video so you can continue recording.
Third-Party Video Editing Apps with Extra Features
If the tools provided by TikTok can’t help you create the video you want, you can try other video editing apps with more features and visual effects. You can find many such apps in the Google Play Store (for Android devices) or the App Store (for iOS devices).
In this section, we will highlight a few such applications that you may find interesting.
Even though TikTok comes with many video editing tools, sometimes you need something extra to make your video stand out. Magisto is an application that will help you make special moments in your life more memorable. You can use it to combine a video made on TikTok with photos, music, effects and filters not found in the original app. You can also share your creations directly on social media.
InShot is a popular video editing app that offers a wide variety of features that you can use to further enhance your TikTok videos. You can use it to add frames or text to videos, combine two or more videos into one video and add all kinds of cool effects. You can download the app for free, but your videos will have a small InShot watermark in the lower right corner. If you pay $10 for the pro version, the watermark will disappear and you will also get some additional special effects.
VivaVideo works on both iOS and Android devices. It is an excellent little video editor that perfectly complements TikTok. The app lets you apply filters, transitions, stickers, themes and even music to your videos. You can also cut, copy, trim, trim, merge and create collages from your favorite videos.
Many users swear by that Funimate is the perfect companion app for TikTok videos. It comes with lots of exciting effects and sound effects, but you can also use it to apply custom stickers to your TikTok videos. The interface takes some getting used to, but once you understand how things work, you’ll be able to create great videos in minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I edit the thumbnail after posting?
Unfortunately, no. However, you can reload the video and change the cover of your video using the instructions above.
Once you get to the screen where you’re ready to tap ‘Send’, tap the video in the upper left corner. This allows you to use the slider and select the thumbnail you want to display for the video.
Can I edit multiple TikTok videos into a single video?
The only way to do this is to download each one to your device and use a third-party editing app to merge the videos. After you have finished your product, use the Upload button as shown above to upload the collection.
Note that you may need to trim the video due to TikTok time limits.
Do It Right The First Time
Editing your TikTok videos after publishing will leave you with fewer options than you would like. You can only change the subtitles and add some basic effects, but there isn’t much you can do. That’s why it’s so important to get the video right before you post it.
Using some additional video editing apps can help you create something unique and surprise other TikTok users by wondering how you did it. With a little practice, you’ll never need to edit a published video again!